likes of, the

Also, the like of one. An equivalent or very similar person or thing; an equal or match. For example, I've never seen the likes of this before, or We'll never see his like again. This expression today is almost always put in a negative context. [Mid-1500s]


Nearby words

  1. likely as not,
  2. likeminded,
  3. liken,
  4. likeness,
  5. likes,
  6. likewise,
  7. likin,
  8. liking,
  9. likker,
  10. likud

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